The Sterlite Protest is a protest against the expansion of the Sterlite Copper plant owned – by Vedanta limited in India.

Protesters who marched towards the Thoothukudi Collectorate to protest were stopped by police barricades. Some protesters marched ahead anyway, and the Tamil Nadu police retaliated with gunfire.

So far, news reports say that at least 9 people have died in the violence that ensued – some portals even claim that the actual number of deaths is 11.

Netizens and celebrities have spoken out against the violence, slamming the police for resorting to gunfire in order to control the crowd.

Renowned South Indian actors Dhanush, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar and Siddharth have also spoken out against the brutality and the loss of innocent lives.